Prairie Mountain School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Important Message from the Bethel School District Nurse

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As you may know, head lice is present in the community. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11.  So, I am writing to you to help you learn how to identify lice and provide information on what you can do if lice hit your home.

A few cases at Prairie Mountain have been identified and treated so far this year.

What are head lice?

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They do not spread disease. They feed on blood. The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, tear-drop shaped eggs that attach to the hair shaft. Nits often appear yellowish or white, and can look like dandruff but cannot be removed or brushed off. The nymph, or baby louse, is smaller and grow to adult size in one to two weeks. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed appears tan to grayish-white. An itchy and inflamed scalp is a common symptom of lice. Although not common, persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.

Who is affected by head lice?

Head lice are not related to cleanliness.  In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits.  Infestations can occur at home, school or in the community. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact—for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities, or camp. Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding.

What to do if an infestation occurs?

If you have been notified by the school that your child has head lice, we will be give you treatment shampoo and instructions on how to treat.

If you think your child has head lice, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider to discuss the best treatment approach for your family. Resistance to some over-the-counter head lice treatments has been reported, but the prevalence of resistance is not known. There are new prescription treatment options available that are safe and do not require nit combing.

Our health assistant will provide materials and information to help identify and treat any possible cases to families as needed. In the schools, head checks are performed as appropriate as well.

Please notify our school health room if your child has a new case of lice so we may help with follow-up treatment and identify other potential cases.

As your Bethel School nurse, I want to provide you with the information you need to pave the way for a productive school year. I hope you find this information useful.

 For more information, see Head Lice Information Sheet

Información sobre los pojos

 

Sincerely,

Sherine Forrest, RN

Bethel District Nurse

Sherine.forrest@bethel.k12.or.us

7th and 8th Grade Students and Families: We Want to Help You be ON TRACK

We are so excited to host one of the most important events of the year for 7th and 8th grade students and families, “On the Path to High School Graduation” Thursday, 1/23, from 6:30-7:30 in our caforium.

The evening will include presentations from the staff at Willamette High School, including information regarding high school opportunities, graduation requirements and strategies to make certain your student is successful and on track for graduation.

Important note to 8th grade students and families: Please plan to arrive by 6:15 for a brief, informational discussion regarding end of year events and celebration.

Students: be sure to enter the drawing for Willamette gear and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Light snacks, childcare, and translation services will be provided.

Take this important first step to equip your student for high school graduation and beyond!

The Flu In Bethel

Throughout the community, we are seeing an increase in student illnesses and the flu and there have been confirmed cases of the flu in Bethel schools. All flu viruses can be easily spread from person to person. That’s why we are trying to teach students about proper hygiene in order to reduce the spread of flu. We want to keep our schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season, but we need your help:

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Show your children how to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough into their elbow. This will go a long way toward preventing the spread of colds and the flu.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to have a fever of 100 degrees or greater, or are otherwise sick while at school, will be brought to the school health room until a parent or guardian arrives to take them home.
  • Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or do not have signs of a fever, without using fever-reducing drugs.  Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.

We will work closely with Lane County Public Health to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take during this flu season. Here is a fact sheet with more information about the flu.

 

La Gripe en Bethel

En toda la comunidad, estamos viendo un aumento en las enfermedades de los estudiantes y la gripe. Se had confirmado casos de gripe en las escuelas de Bethel. Todos los virus de la gripe se pueden transmitir fácilmente de persona a persona. Es por eso que estamos tratando de enseñar a los estudiantes sobre la higiene adecuada para reducir la propagación de la gripe. Queremos mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas a los estudiantes y que funcionen de manera normal durante esta temporada de gripe, pero necesitamos su ayuda:

  • Enseñe a sus hijos a lavarse las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón o un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.
  • Muestre a sus hijos cómo cubrirse la tos o estornudar con un pañuelo desechable, o toser por el codo. Esto contribuirá en gran medida a prevenir la propagación de los resfriados y la gripe.
  • Conozca los signos y síntomas de la gripe. Los síntomas incluyen fiebre (100 grados Fahrenheit o más), tos, dolor de garganta, secreción nasal o congestión nasal, dolor de cuerpo, dolor de cabeza y sentirse muy cansado. Algunas personas también pueden vomitar o tener diarrea.
  • No envíe niños a la escuela si están enfermos. Los niños que tengan una fiebre de 100 grados o más, o que estén enfermos mientras estén en la escuela, serán llevados a la sala de salud de la escuela hasta que llegue un padre o tutor para llevarlos a casa.
  • Mantenga a los niños enfermos en casa durante al menos 24 horas después de que ya no tengan fiebre o no tengan signos de fiebre, sin usar medicamentos para reducir la fiebre. Mantener a los niños con fiebre en casa reducirá la cantidad de personas que pueden infectarse.

Trabajaremos en estrecha colaboración con Lane County Public Health para controlar las condiciones de la gripe y tomar decisiones sobre los mejores pasos a seguir durante esta temporada de gripe. Aqui hay una hoja informativa con más información sobre la gripe.

Child Care Services You Need And Want

Portland State University hopes to hear from you about your child care needs and experiences.  All parents of children 0-5 who complete a 10 minute survey before January 12th will receive a $30 gift card.

  • ONLINE  SURVEY:  To complete an online survey, please email the word “survey” to psuweb@websrg.com or text “survey” to 614-636-0012 (standard text message rates apply).
  • PHONE SURVEY:  If you would like to do the survey over the phone, please call SRG at 1-800-341-3660.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Beth Green at Portland State University, 503-725-9904.

 

Servicios de cuidado infantil que necesita y desea

La Universidad Estatal de Portland espera saber de usted acerca de sus necesidades y experiencias de cuidado infantil. Todos los padres de niños de 0 a 5 años que completen una encuesta de 10 minutos antes del 12 de enero recibirán una tarjeta de regalo de $30.

  • ENCUESTA EN LÍNEA: Para completar una encuesta en línea, envíe por correo electrónico la palabra “encuesta” a psuweb@websrg.com o envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra “encuesta” al 614-636-0012 (se aplican las tarifas estándar de mensajes de texto).
  • ENCUESTA POR TELÉFONO: si desea realizar la encuesta por teléfono, llame a SRG al 1-800-341-3660.

Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con la Dra. Beth Green en la Universidad Estatal de Portland, 503-725-9904